The Pacific County Health Department is notifying parents of a confirmed case of mumps in a Raymond Elementary Student. A letter sent on December 13th notes that the risk of getting mumps can be significantly reduced by getting the MMR Immunization against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. A series of two vaccines given any time after 1 year of age.

Typical symptoms of mumps include a fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands (located along the jawline) Mumps is spread through the air by droplets from coughing or by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person.

If your child is experiencing these symptoms the health department not only recommends that you get them to a doctor as soon as possible, but that you also avoid public and school events until seeing that doctor.

Anyone with questions can call the Pacific County Health Department at 360-875-9343

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus. It can happen any time of the year, and can cause long-term health problems. The virus is mostly spread by coughing, sneezing or another contact with saliva from someone who is infected. It is as contagious as flu. Those infected with mumps usually are contagious before symptoms appear and for a few days after, so they can spread the virus without realizing it.

There is no treatment for mumps but there is prevention. It’s important for everyone to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the mumps virus.

The MMR vaccine is not perfect, but it is the best protection we have against mumps. Two doses gives lifelong protection against mumps to 88%, or about 9 out of 10 people. This means about 12 out of every 100 vaccinated people are still vulnerable to mumps, especially if they have prolonged, close exposure to someone who is contagious. That’s why it’s important for everyone to get the vaccine, to protect people for whom the vaccine might not work, and those who can’t be vaccinated. This helps to keep outbreaks small and easily controlled.